8 Months Until Christmas

Happy April greetings!

Know what I saw the other day? Grass!

It is winter a little longer here at the North Pole than it is in many parts of the world but the snow is melting and the days are getting longer. It rained a little the other day and I saw grass for the first time since last fall.

Know what they call that?

A sign.

It is a sign that the seasons are changing and they change quickly. Winter changes to Spring which quickly changes to Summer. And before it the pumpkins will be here and we’ll all be talking about Christmas.

We tend to think of it as so far away right now. But I tell you it will be here before we know it.

How are things really at the North Pole? Are we on track? Can Santa be ready in time?

To be honest, things look pretty good right now.

Everyone is working hard, getting a lot done. There are no major news stories here to talk about, no major disruptions. Everything is moving along as it should.

Christmas appears in no danger here.

Elf Ernest

9 Months Until Christmas

Tracking SantaHappy Early Spring greetings, friends!

It’s the 24th of March or the 9 month mark until Christmas Eve. Time is going by so very fast!

The reindeer are in the news here at the North Pole. Most of them are getting ready to leave. As spring pops up in different areas of the world the reindeer take their vacation and return to the wilds of Finland, Norway, parts of Russia, Canada and the Rocky Mountains.

Elf Victor is throwing a going away party for them over in the reindeer barns.

Santa is going to the party but he is also packing his bags. He’s headed to the ranch in Norway because he wants to meet some of the new reindeer babies that have been born. He will meet them and give many of them names.

The reindeer are the first at the North Pole to leave on annual vacation. Many elves are planning to get away soon for all parts of the world where they come from.

I’m not sure if I will take a vacation this year. I might just spend my whole year here at the North Pole.

Santa and Mrs. Claus are planning a little getaway too. But I’m not sure when or where they are going. When I find out I’ll let you know.

Elf Ernest

10 Months Until Christmas

Tracking SantaToday marks just 10 months until Christmas Eve. Can you believe it?

Life here at the North Pole has settled into a quiet, busy routine since Christmas. It snows, we work, and then comes night time – a time of rest.

These are the dog days of winter. It is too early in the year to be thinking about vacation. So many great events are afar off.

But it goes by fast, you know?

I actually love this time of year. You know why?

Because I have time to think. Time to plan. And for elves like me this is the time of year when Christmas really happens – in my head. I’ve got it all planned out.

To be an elf is to be a good planner. And it is planning season at the North Pole.

I plan to hire some more writers this year. I plan to tell you more than ever about life at the North Pole. I plan to provide even more breaking news of Santa, his annual Christmas flight and how all things Christmas work. It’s going to be a great Christmas!

What about you? What are you planning for Christmas?

Elf Ernest

11 Months Until Christmas

Tracking SantaSnowy greetings from the North Pole!

It’s the 24th of the month and that means there are only 11 months until Santa rides again.

Seems a long way away, doesn’t it?

I know many of you feel that way but I don’t. In fact, when I look at the work before us I wonder if we will have the time to get it all done.

We’re hard at work already. January is about meetings and plans and goals and quotas and thinking how much we’ll need of this and that to get everything done.

It is far too early to worry or think about whether the reindeer are ready or if the suit fits or just what will be the big story of Christmas.

Last Christmas it was the Merry Prankster. The year before it was the missing reindeer. And the year before that it was the Big Building with No Name. Remember that?

January is about a lot of predictions for some people. What do you predict for us?

Me? I’ll just predict one thing: Christmas will be a lot of fun this year. And we can’t wait for it.

Elf Ernest

Launch Clock Reset for New Year

A heavy snowstorm has moved over the North Pole and it was a group of really slow moving elves who tramped their snowy feet into Santa’s office this morning. As is tradition Santa convened a meeting of Santa’s Council on the day after Christmas.

This select group of senior elves had one order of business for this traditional meeting: to set the time for Santa’s next launch of Operation Merry Christmas.

It is step #1 of a billion things that need to be done between now and when Santa launches again.

Once that time was decided upon — a process that took all of 30 seconds — Santa dismissed the meeting and declare today — indeed, all of this week — a holiday for all the elves at the North Pole. He did it as a thank you for their quality service this year.

Soon after this announcement was made a group of volunteer elves walked the grounds of the North Pole resetting the countdown clocks posted everywhere, including on all our websites.

How quickly it changes. Two days ago that countdown clock seemed to be moving at lightning speed. This morning — with those big numbers up there — it appears to be crawling.

It is hard to think of how far away it feels until Christmas is everywhere again. Here at the North Pole we live it every day and we love it.

But great things always begin small. And we think today’s small beginning to Operation Merry Christmas 2017 is a great start.

Merry Christmas!

Elf Ernest